recording studio

Recording at 21seven

The studio is built in a small physical environment. A small tracking room can't sound good for everything, and choices had to be made when it was designed and sound treated. As a result, 21seven is excellent for certain applications but not so good for others. My absolute priority is to produce great music that you are very happy with. Please read on, where in total honesty I help you figuring out whether this is good option for you. Hope it helps!





Acoustic singer/songwriters and folk singers


Pros

12K worth of acoustic guitars available for you to use [read more]

16K worth of microphones for best recording quality [see microphone list]

60K worth of studio outboard - top quality converters, preamps, reverbs, EQs, tracking and mastering compressors - [equipment list]

Expertise in guitar recording

Intimate room acoustics - the sound of our tracking room is just perfect for your music style

Appreciation and understanding of what you do - I listen to a lot of acoustic and folk music, and my social life revolves around folk venues like Captains Bar and the Royal Oak.

Great value for money & most friendly service

Cons

Absolutely none

Is 21seven a good choice for you?

As an acoustic song-writer/folk singer this is one of the best places you could ever find. The studio was in fact conceived, designed and built especially to cater for your specific needs.

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Instrumental Folk/Ceilidh Band


Pros

12K worth of acoustic guitars available for you to use [read more]

16K worth of microphones for best recording quality [see microphone list]

60K worth of studio outboard - top quality converters, preamps, reverbs, EQs, tracking and mastering compressors - [equipment list]

Expertise in guitar recording

Appreciation and understanding of what you do
I listen to a lot of folk music, and my social life revolves around folk venues like Captains Bar and the Royal Oak.

Great value for money & most friendly service

Cons

Our tracking room is small - if your band consists of more than 3 people, it can be problematic to record you all playing live, at the same time. We can however record 3 people playing live, then overdub one or two instruments on top of it at a later stage, if you are open to that.

Acoustic instruments rich in deep and powerful low frequencies don't record well in the tracking room - e.g. if a double bass or a djembe are involved, we have a problem.

Some instrument combinations may be tricky - if very loud and very quiet instruments are both present, we may have to overdub the quiet instrument.

Is 21seven a good choice for you?

If you are looking to record an album, you are more than 3 people and you want to record live (as the kind of music you play commands) - I am really sorry to say this is not the best place for you. I would look elsewhere, somewhere with a large and good sounding live room.

If none of the situations described in the "cons" section apply, and you are looking to record a good quality demo/EP, 21seven is a good option for you.

Please get in touch for a chat and we can discuss your specific circumstances. Bear also in mind that if recording here is not suitable, I do have a mobile set up that I could use to record you in a different location, one with appropriate acoustics.

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Rock, blues, indie and punk bands


Pros

30K worth of acoustic & electric guitars, amps and effects - that's a lot of creative gun powder at your disposal!

16K worth of microphones for best recording quality [see microphone list]

60K worth of studio outboard - top quality converters, preamps, reverbs, EQs, tracking and mastering compressors - [equipment list]

Expertise in guitar recording & specialised in guitar based music genres

Special "recording protocol" - for best sound quality and performance, greatly reduced session set-up time and less mixing-time compared to conventional recording approaches [read more].

Strong emphasis on live performance
making it as easy, enjoyable and comfortable as it can be.

Great value for money & most friendly service

Cons

Requires a suitable drummer - our protocol is based on a state of the art hybrid drum kit. If your drummer is flexible and open to try something new, this achieves the most amazing results. With less adaptable drummers, results will vary.

Very basic programming skills - if your band can't play a song from beginning to end, and would be relying on me programming virtual instruments, cutting and pasting bits and pieces etc - this is not something I do well.

If you have a very distinctive drum sound, which strongly defines your music, it may be difficult to recreate it.

Is 21seven a good choice for you?

It really all depends. In a nutshell:

If you are an emerging band with little studio experience, wanting to record a demo or an EP - 21seven would be just perfect for you. This applies to function/wedding bands too.

If you are an established band, with a very well defined sound that you want to replicate in your EP or album, I am afraid we would not be a good choice for you.

If you are an established band, but want to experiment and explore new sounds/creative solutions for your EP/album without spending a fortune - then we are an excellent option for you.

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Electronic, dance, hip pop, rap, R'n'B


Pros

Great acoustics - our tracking room is just perfect for vocal recording

16K worth of microphones for best recording quality [see microphone list]

60K worth of studio outboard - top quality converters, preamps, reverbs, EQs, tracking and mastering compressors - [equipment list]

Great value for money & most friendly service

Cons

Totally unfamiliar with your music genre - nothing against the style of music you play, but I never listened to it and I don't even know what it is supposed to sound like! Sorry, not my thing :-)

Very basic programming skills - these music styles heavily rely on programming midi instrument parts. I am afraid my skills in this department are pretty lacking.

Lack of virtual instruments - while we have a great selection of drums, piano and organ sounds, we may lack the kind of midi sounds your genre requires.

Is 21seven a good choice for you?

As far as recording electronic & dance music, hip pop, rap and RnB go, this is possibly the worse place you could choose on planet earth! I would definitely look elsewhere. Nothing personal, sorry!!


Vocal recording


Pros

16K worth of microphones for best recording quality [see microphone list]

60K worth of studio outboard - top quality converters, preamps, reverbs, EQs, tracking and mastering compressors - [equipment list]

Great acoustics - our tracking room is just perfect for vocal recording

Very relaxed and comfortable environment - will help you perform better and give your best

Great value for money & most friendly service

Cons

Once you recorded vocals here, you may never find another place you like as much ;-)

Is 21seven a good choice for you?

This is a stellar place for vocal recording, you will be very happy with the results.

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